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Richard Blaine Williams

Richard Blaine Williams was an American singer and actor. He was one of the three older brothers of Andy Williams, and the four of them appeared together as The Williams Brothers

Born: June 7, 1926, Wall Lake, Iowa, United States
Died: May 5, 2018, Burbank, California, United States
Parents: Jay Emerson Williams, Florence Williams
Siblings: Andy Williams
Richard Blaine Williams
Richard Blaine Williams

Richard Gene Williams (May 4, 1931November 4, 1985) was an American jazz trumpeter.


Williams was born in Galveston, Texas, and played tenor saxophone early in his life before picking up trumpet as a teenager. He played in local Texas bands and attended Wiley College, where he majored in music. After some time serving in the Air Force he toured Europe with Lionel Hampton, and upon his return took a masters defree at the Manhattan School of Music.

Williams played with Charles Mingus at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1959, and recorded with Mingus starting in that year. He recorded his only session as a leader, “New Horn in Town“, in 1960, released on Candid Records, and featuring Reggie Workman, Leo Wright, Richard Wyands, and Bobby Thomas. Williams was a sideman on a large number of releases for Blue Note, Impulse!, New Jazz, Riverside, and Atlantic in the 1960s. Among the musicians he worked with are Mingus, Oliver Nelson, Grant Green, Lou Donaldson, Yusef Lateef, Gigi Gryce, Duke Jordan, Noah Howard, and the big bands of Duke Ellington, Gil Evans, and Thad Jones and Mel Lewis.

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He also found work on Broadway in pit orchestras. He appears on the 1975 recording of the musicalThe Wiz“. Late in his career he joined Mingus Dynasty.

He died on November 4, 1985 from pancreatic cancer in his Jamaica, NY home.

dick williams musician
dick williams musician

Richard Blaine Williams Family

Dick Williams (1926-2018) was the older brother of Andy, and along with Bob and Don, they appeared as the Williams Brothers quartet to perform on radio shows, movies and with singer-coach Kay Thompson in a popular and entertaining nightclub act. For six years the Thompson-Williams alliance went from one triumph to another. Following their dissolution in 1952, they all went their separate ways.

By then, Dick had started a solo career, when he joined the Harry James’ Orchestra two years earlier, and during his career, he sang on hundreds of commercials and did choral arrangements for Andy.


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